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The imaging of ancient history: Researchers look back on decades of CT-based research on Egyptian mummies

CT examinations of Egyptian mummies have been used to study ancient history for more than four decades, allowing specialists to feel as if they’ve traveled back in time. A team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland compiled published findings from 47 such analyses from over the years, exploring the data and publishing their results in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

The Radiology-IT Relationship: Where It Stands, Where It’s Headed

Radiology has been intertwined with information technology in a generally enthusiastic, if occasionally uneasy, embrace for the better part of four decades. Consider: “The 1981 meeting at McCormick Place showed that future advances in radiology practice would depend primarily on computer technology,” we read in History of the Radiological Society of North America.1 Few would dispute that the year could be switched to any year since without any loss of accuracy. What does this mean for radiologists right now and going forward? To hash out that question, we assembled a panel of four practicing radiologists with leadership-level expertise in IT and informatics:

Bug in the system? Micro-CT scans illuminate insects

A team of researchers have created a novel imaging technique for the tiniest of patients—in this case, insects just few millimeters in length.

Siemens, Homeland Security issue advisory for diagnostic imaging systems

On Augist 3, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Siemens Healthineers issued an advisory that four of the company’s diagnostic imaging systems may be vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Fujifilm releases Synapse 5 in U.S.

Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. announced Thursday that it has officially released Synapse 5, the latest version of its Synapse PACS solution, in the United States. The company says Synapse 5 “sets new standards for enterprise imaging” and it is available now.

Carestream plant in Colorado recognized for energy efficiency

Carestream announced Tuesday that its manufacturing plant in Windsor has won a Colorado Industrial Energy Efficiency award from the Colorado Energy Office. Energy consumption at the plant has decreased by 5.4 percent in the last two years, and Carestream says it is hoping to reduce consumption by another 5 percent by 2020.

MRI offers less invasive peek at potential liver donors

Transplantation is the most effective method of combatting end-stage liver disease. But the success has increased demand and limited supplies for cadaveric organs. In a study, published online July 27 in the American Journal of Roentgenology, researchers examined how MRI can improve evaluation procedures of living liver donors.

Accuray announces FDA clearance of iDMS Data Management System

Accuray, a Sunnyvale, California-based radiation oncology company, announced Monday that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its iDMS Data Management System, a database that shares data between different Accuray delivery systems. The company views this new database as an upgrade to its entire TomoTherapy platform.

AI ‘learns’ to predict schizophrenia from brain MRI

A collaborative effort between IBM and the University of Alberta in Canada has produced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms were able to examine MRI and predict schizophrenia with 74 percent accuracy.

Agfa Healthcare receives FDA clearance of new XERO Universal Viewer applications

Agfa Healthcare announced Thursday that the XERO Xtend functionalities of its Enterprise Imaging zero-footprint viewer have received FDA 510(k) clearance. These new features provide the company’s XERO Universal Viewer with 3D processing capabilities and “advanced clinical applications.”

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